A review by Art Goodtimes of the 2016 show “Oh Sister, Where Art Thou?" noted: “It’s so very good. I was teased, tantalized, thumped and thoroughly rattled. Hysterical with laughter. Close to tears. On the edge of a canyon and deep in the incredible world of the feminine.” Witness this year's stirring performance by the evermorphing troupe of regional women who will drop layers, both literal and literary.
Saturday • May 18 • 8pm • The Black Box Theatre at The Palm This year’s show is Coming to Our Senses, a poetic trip through the senses—and not just the usual five. The evermorphing troupe of regional women poets will, in their reveals, appeal to what makes us human, from the sensual to the nonsensical.A glimpse, a whiff, a tone, a taste, a caress ... you'll be touched. Performers will include: Elissa Dickson, Ellen Metrick, Samantha Tisdel Wright, and Daiva Chesonis. They'll drop layers, both literal and literary.
Tickets are $20 and available at Between the Covers Bookstore on May 1 at 10am. Pop in or call 970-728-4504 to transact by phone. Do note, this show ALWAYS SELLS OUT so don't delay.
SAMANTHA TISDEL WRIGHT Independent journalist and poet Samantha Tisdel Wright writes from the heart of the San Juan Mountains in Silverton, Colorado. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications throughout the region, and she has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. This is Samantha’s third time participating in the delicious madness that is the Telluride Literary Burlesque. Wait til you HEAR what she has to say.
DAIVA CHESONIS Daiva is a former Baltimoron, transplanted to Colorado half her life ago to build Telluride’s gondola transportation system. Although birthing chairlifts was not part of her initial goal after a Cold War-era B.A. in Russian Studies, she quickly decided to bed down in the box canyon to see what would unfold. A quarter century later, she is the co-owner of Between the Covers Bookstore with former stints as snowboard instructor, owner/operator of Vision Design, Art Director at Telluride Magazine, founder and 5-year director of the Telluride AIDS Benefit Fashion Show, and a traveling minstrel for Mountainfilm on Tour. In 2005, she earned an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Conflict Resolution, mostly for fun. In her spare time, this proud mom of one can be found writing and performing poetry, putting on the Telluride Literary Arts Festival, and wandering local forests on the hunt for mushrooms. Having recently moved to the edge of the high desert above Naturita Creek in Norwood, she’s also a passionate pro at finding herself lost in the near-beyond canyons. Wait til you SEE what she will show you.
ELLEN METRICK After abandoning three hometowns, Ellen settled 15 years ago in Norwood where she teaches, parents, writes, reads, loves, and explores. She has two chapbooks--Poetisattva and Teasing out the Divine—and has been editor of and published in a number of online, on-air, and print journals. This is her fifth year with Literary Burlesque. Wait til you remember what she's whiffed up for you.
ELISSA DICKSON Elissa cultivated a love of slam poetry as an undergrad at the University of Michigan and continued to pursue it when she moved to Telluride in 2008. Currently serving as the San Miguel County Poet Laureate, she loves both teaching and performing. She also spreads her passion for learning and creativity in her working roles as Adult Programs Coordinator at the Wilkinson Public Library and Tour Emcee with Mountainfilm. In her free time, she enjoys performing with Telluride Theatre, the Telluride Dance Collective, and the Telluride Aids Benefit. She is also an avid mountain biker, rock and ice climber, rafter, skier and hula hooper. When she grows up, she hopes to be a river otter.